Area plant sales abound

Area plant sales abound

Despite teasing weather from Mother Nature, area gardeners are gearing up for a new season of planting beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and fresh vegetables. So it’s with joy that we celebrate the advent of local plant sales, each one supporting good causes in the community while supplying us with the flowers and foliage we crave. Take a look at area sales and the groups they support.

Warm soil to jump start spring

Warm soil to jump start spring

Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension  Has the warm weather sparked the itch to plant the entire garden? If you’ve been watching your spring bulbs blooming and lettuces thriving, you might be fooled into thinking we’re ready to move to the next...
Trees plant hope

Trees plant hope

If you’ve been wringing your hands over the onslaught of thugs attacking our trees and wondering how you can help, the time has arrived for you to take action. One simple act will go a long way to keeping our urban forest thriving: plant a tree.

Support Local Innovation

Support Local Innovation

Classes and CSAs are two ways you can support and benefit from Benevolence Orchard. (Photo: Shutterstock). Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension The small farm scene is heating up in northern Colorado, bringing fresh ideas to locally grown...
Success with seeds

Success with seeds

March brings with it dreams of spring and all the promise of a bountiful summer. After long, cold weeks, the time is here for gardeners to start seeds of their favorite plants. When you start your own seeds, the world of possibilities opens to new varieties not found in stores. Plus, you can do a little plant name dropping when talking to your neighbors.

Houseplants save the day

Houseplants save the day

Houseplants have long been loved as a way to bring some of the warmth and comfort of the natural world indoors. A touch of green, living things softens harsh indoor environments and sooths the soul as we navigate stressful daily lives.

Dry lawns  need water

Dry lawns need water

Winter snow is usually not enough moisture to maintain your lawn. (Shutterstock) Despite light snows, the grim truth is that the landscape is thirsty. Though our mountains are snowcapped, lower elevations are dry, and landscapes are getting parched. Carol...
Romance is the legacy of David Austin

Romance is the legacy of David Austin

Garden with English Roses. (Photo: Shutterstock). Near the close of the year, an icon slipped quietly away, leaving behind a legacy of beauty the likes of which few in horticulture will surpass.  The death of David Charles Henshaw Austin, 92, on December 18 was...
Lawn and garden resolutions for a new year

Lawn and garden resolutions for a new year

A little reflection goes a long way to planning to be better in the coming year. (Photo: Shutterstock). Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension When the end of December rolls around, do you find yourself looking at the past year in review or the one...
Mark the Winter Solstice with Greenery

Mark the Winter Solstice with Greenery

We have axial tilt to thank for an upcoming celebration, one that humans have observed for thousands of years. Because our Earth doesn’t stand upright in its orbit – instead it tilts on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees  – as the planet orbits the sun, the Northern...
Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Did the spiky showoff with brilliant pinks, purples, and reds catch your eye as it dangled from a hanging pot in the local greenhouse? If you’re the proud owner of a flowering cactus, you’ll find they’re carefree plants that add color to grey winter days. “The three...
Amaryllis

Amaryllis

  Are you the proud owner of a huge, weird looking bulb that a loved one insists will one day become a big, beautiful flower?  If you’ve been given an amaryllis, remain calm; they’re easy to grow. With a little water, they have all they need to thrive tucked right...
All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

In the culinary competitiveness of the Thanksgiving season, much noise and ado is made over poultry and side dishes. Cooks strive for greatness in their take on stuffing, outdo themselves in pies, or reach for the Holy Grail eluding many of us: perfectly prepared...
The Right Feeder for Every Bird

The Right Feeder for Every Bird

LONGMONT – As days shorten and the weather turns chilly, gardeners are cleaning up debris, tidying beds, and tucking everything in for the winter. We do so with a sigh of relief; the prolonged pace of tending the garden slows as fall deepens and holidays distract us....
Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

LONGMONT – A tiny red poppy, placed in the left lapel button, commemorates one of the most horrific wars in history. Engulfing nation upon nation, one hundred years have passed since the signing of the Armistice to end World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of...